Bye, bye Buckholz

Chico State’s former sustainability coordinator takes off for the East Coast

Chico State’s back in full swing this month, but the campus will have to make do without one of its primary eco-warriors.

Jillian Buckholz, who earned her master’s in geography from Chico State and served for nearly three years as the university sustainability coordinator, has started a new adventure far from Chico. She packed up last month and headed back east, where she’s been having a great time exploring and looking for a new job.

Buckholz made an impression with her work in Chico and managed to snag a part-time job with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). From her new home in Albany, N.Y., she’ll be planning the association’s biannual conference in Raleigh, N.C.

A Toledo, Ohio, native, Buckholz said she’s looking forward to living in a region with four seasons. What she’s not looking forward to is shopping for produce in grocery stores come this winter—something she didn’t have to do during her entire six years in Chico. Already missing the North State’s milder climate, she reported that what she misses most are all of the folks here.

“I was fortunate to explore the West and meet great people,” she said, “but I’m excited about the opportunity to do that here on the East Coast as well.”